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Christian churches are today faced with an escalation of prostitution, a form of the exploitation of women that has many faces and is globally present. Traditionally, prostitution has been thought to be men buying the sexual services of an individual woman streetwalker, who may either be controlled by a pimp or have housing in a brothel. Streetwalkers have often been young women who have run away from home or abandoned women with no other means with which to support themselves or their children.

Prostitution and other forms of sexual violence have also long been present wherev…

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May, Melanie A., “Prostitution”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.166>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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